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The Lees, Chipnal Lees, Nr Cheswardine

Guide Price
For Sale
Property Description 

Originally part of the widespread Cheswardine Estate, The Lees was acquired by the current family in 1964 having  farmed it since 1960. This charming property is found in the valley between The Burnt Wood and Bishop’s Wood, an original hunting ground for the Bishop of Lichfield and now in the management of the Forestry Commission, which is criss-crossed by bridlepaths and footpaths and offers access to acres of stunning mature woodland and farmland.

The nearby village of Cheswardine offers a range of facilities including pubs, post office and community shop, and thriving primary school. A greater variety of amenities can be found in the local market towns of Market Drayton and Eccleshall  as well as the larger conurbations of Stafford, Shrewsbury and Telford. The area is extremely well served educationally with both private and state primary and secondary schools with  renowned boys’ and girls’ state-managed, selective schools at Newport.  The area has excellent road links via the A53 and A41 to the M54 and M6 motorways and a mainline rail station is found at Stafford.

The farmhouse has been rented out in recent years and although certain improvements have been made including the installation of double glazing, improvement of the electrics and replacement of the central heating boiler there is little doubt that it would benefit from a scheme of modernisation and enhancement works to create a property reflective of this idyllic location. Viewing of The Lees is essential to fully appreciate the endless opportunities that this exciting opportunity presents.

This fabulous property is approached over a private track and is set back some 250m from the lane ensuring a feeling of total privacy and seclusion upon arrival at the house.

The current accommodation comprises of two reception rooms both with open fires, one having an impressive brick Inglenook. To the first floor are three bedrooms all of which have far reaching views to the front over farmland towards Bishop’s Wood. To the rear of the property is a single storey extension which houses the galley kitchen, with pantry off, and bathroom.

The house is linked, to one side, to the traditional brick and sandstone buildings providing an ideal opportunity to extend the house or alternatively provide additional independent accommodation, subject to any necessary planning permissions.

Across the yard there is a further brick building, with  attached lean-to and range of former pig sties which have been adapted to create dog kennels. This building could equally be altered to provide stabling or as a workshop.

The land lies to three sides of the house and buildings and is predominantly level making it ideal for equestrian use and could be further enhanced by the addition of a         bespoke stable block and manege, subject to the necessary planning permissions. Extensive off road riding routes and quiet country lanes mean that the area is a haven for equestrian enthusiasts. The pasture land totals 2.73 Acres with the remainder of the acreage being gardens, yard and driveway.

Adjacent to the house, situated within a small enclosed garden area, is a two bedroom static caravan which would provide additional accommodation for a teenager or semi-dependent relative or alternatively could be utilised as a home office or work space away from the main living area.

Fixtures and Fittings

These sales details are for descriptive purposes only and the seller reserves the right to remove all fixtures and fittings unless specifically agreed otherwise. A buyer is recommended to check with their solicitor regarding inclusion or exclusion of specific fixtures and fittings.


Mains electric and water are connected. Drainage is to a private septic tank.  Oil fired central heating system.  The static home also benefits from a private septic tank. Mains water and electric are also connected. We are advised that the above services are available.  Barbers Rural have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fittings etc or services to this property so cannot confirm that they are in working order or fit for purpose.  A buyer is recommended to obtain confirmation from their solicitor or surveyor.

Rights of Way

The seller will reserve a right to pass over the driveway to access adjacent land.


We are advised that the property is freehold with vacant possession on completion.

Local Authority

Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury  SY2 6ND  0345 678 9000


From Market Drayton follow the A53 north. After one mile bear right for Almington and Hales. In Almington turn right and then a short while later turn left for Hales. Follow this lane through the village of Hales and on to Chipnal. In Chipnal take the first left and follow this lane for 1.5 miles to the T Junction and turn left. Follow this lane for 0.5 mile and the property will be found on the left hand side accessed along a private drive, identified by Barbers Rural For Sale board.